© Imogen Welch 2017
My practice is typically one of recycling, re-
Preoccupations have often reflected my past life and can have autobiographical elements, for instance muffling a full-
Pallets and containers in my work represent the huge volumes of international trade, and gold stands for its value. The Chinese Dream (referring to an aspiration to dominate world trade) is a stack of humble pallets. The ‘lucky’ sixth one is gilded with pure gold leaf from China – transforming it into a ‘precious’ but useless object. My current participation in The Other MA (TOMA), has seen the introduction of some ‘commercial techniques’ to my work which serve to highlight themes. This is exemplified in The American Dream, where instead of the gold being laboriously hand applied, I commissioned a professional ‘body shop’ to custom spray the Cozy Coupe to take on a Jeff Koons look. This familiar toy, probably the world's best-
Both my involvement with Frogmore Mill and Watford Recycling Arts Project have led to a fascination with manufacturing, transport and recycling. Having a studio in an historic paper mill has influenced me, and led to me making unusual papers and also using ‘found’ paper including money, maps, postcards, dictionaries and dress patterns.